I am passionate about seeing students confidently walk ahead because they know who they are and where they want to go. As a youth and family therapist, school counselor, and performance coach, I walk with young people to guide them to a place where they can increase objectivity, solve problems, take healthy risks, manage stress and anxiety to their advantage, and clearly see their true best.
I see potential in every young person that I have the privilege to walk with, and I have a unique ability to meet students where they are and build a genuine, mutually respectful relationship. From that relationship, I listen, attend, collaborate, strategize, and encourage teens to boldly walk forward with confidence and wisdom. These relationships build trust, and young people grow in their resiliency and resolve to accomplish tasks that once seemed insurmountable.
As a performance coach, I work with high-potential students who want to position themselves for athletic or academic success, helping them access a healthy perspective so they can enjoy performing to their fullest capacity. As a former high school and college athlete, I was runner-up in the Colorado state tennis championships and lettered in three sports (baseball, basketball, and tennis) in college. I know highly motivated students are often overstretched, over-scheduled, and overly stressed, and I provide strategies for recognizing their true best and managing their lives in a healthy pursuit of a new vision for who they are and who they might become.
As a full-time school counselor, I work directly with students every day through crisis, academic strategy, relational conflict, and emotional learning. I collaborate regularly with students, parents, teachers, and administration regarding each student’s ability to succeed in all facets of school.
As a veteran youth and family therapist, I focus on building up and equipping youth and parents for greater effectiveness in communication, setting boundaries, and conflict resolution. I walk with young people who are struggling through clinical depression and anxiety disorders, and I help them walk to a safer, more productive, and healthy place.
I have more than 20 years of experience with adolescents in residential and inpatient facilities, as a therapist, as a youth pastor, as an athletic coach, and as a school counselor. I hold a bachelor’s degree in Psychology, with an emphasis in adolescence, from Trinity International University. I’ve earned a master’s degree in Counseling and a master’s degree in Youth and Family Ministry from Denver Seminary. I have received a professional educators license from Northern Illinois University and am currently pursuing a teaching endorsement in English as a Second Language from Olivet Nazarene University. I am a Nationally Certified Counselor, a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, and a member of the American School Counselor Association, Illinois School Counselor Association, American Counseling Association, Illinois Counseling Association and an associate member of the Christian Coaches Network.
I live in the western suburbs of Chicago, where I use my nearly-7-foot height to reach things on high shelves for my wife, an author and inner strength coach, our two teenage girls, and our lovable dog. I love to travel with my family, coach youth softball, and cheer for all the sports teams from my hometown, Denver, Colorado.